Happy Tricky Day?

#TurkeyDay?

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday for many of us in the United States.

We like the gratitude part, and the getting together with friends and family.

And the feasts.

The celebrated slaughter and gluttonous consumption of tens of millions of birds, though… For many of us, that doesn’t sit well at all.

What’s the adage… Tradition will accustom one to any atrocity?

We’re also uncomfortable with the holiday’s origin in this country. It paints an idyllic picture of harmony between colonists and indigenous people, a breaking of bread, a collaboration.

Native Americans have not fared well in this relationship in the intervening years. Thanksgiving also was founded at the same time the first ships were arriving on the eastern shores with kidnapped Africans.

At Animal Help Now, we value nonviolence. We value life. And we love and respect turkeys, whether wild or domestic.

And we love our friends. And we love food. We recognize just how important it is to be grateful for all we have.

So, yes. It’s a tricky holiday. Happy… #TrickyDay?

Women’s March Brings Love and Hope

The Denver Women's March, in Animal Help Now's backyard.
The Denver Women’s March, in Animal Help Now’s backyard.

We stand in unity with the Women’s March today – and each day forward as we move into these increasingly challenging times.

With the current power structure in the United States – that is to say, with the federal government working hand in glove with corporate America and with media no longer playing a watchdog role – Animal Help Now’s work promises to become more difficult in the years ahead.

Even so-called progressive governments in the United States have tended to overlook the needs of animals. We see no signs from the White House or Congress that animals will benefit under the new administration. In fact, recent legislative efforts, recently published policy statements and indeed a simple look at the power roster in Washington leave the animal advocate wondering who exactly is representing her.

Still, we are undeterred. And today, buoyed by outpourings of love and passion across the globe and inspired by the wisdom and creativity and community demonstrated at these magnificent marches, we have new hope that the world can move toward greater justice rather than less.

May those common values ascribed to the feminine – empathy, love, radiance and generosity – hold the day, and may the strength, endurance and determination demonstrated by our sisters (and brothers) today and in all times past serve as both model and motivation as we move into and through the long struggle ahead.

Denver march participant